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Heart Transplant Volume & Outcomes | Overview

The Boston Children's Hospital Heart Transplant team tracks and reviews many different quality metrics related to the performance of our program. We use these metrics to constantly improve the care of children undergoing heart transplantation.

Transplant volume

Our Heart Transplant Program is one of the largest pediatric programs in the country. Since its inception, we have performed more than 350 heart transplants. The majority of our transplant recipients are children less than 18 years old.

Transplant outcomes

Outcomes data are published biannually by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The data below was released in January 2021.

Pediatric patient survival rates

Patient survival rates represent the percent of patients alive following a period of time after transplant. One-year data is for transplants occurring between 7/1/17 and 12/31/19. Three-year data is for transplants occurring between 1/1/15 and 6/30/17.

Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Transplant team cares for and transplants some of the most complex patients. Patient and graft survival can be impacted by, among other things, recurrence of the primary disease, complications related to transplant, including poor adherence to medications schedules and the impact of long-term immunosuppression and complications due to other medical issues.